HELP will be exhibiting their ‘Helping Hands’ tree at the Knaresborough Tree Festival, being held at St John’s Church, Knaresborough from 1-10 December. Constructed from salvaged wood by Andy from the Help at Home team, the tree’s leaves have been fashioned from hand prints created by the charity’s elderly clients and children from Woodlands Nursery.

Willing artists from three to 96 came together at the charity’s ‘Oaks and Acorns’ social group to create and decorate the tree’s hand prints. The glittering result represents a real collaboration of several generations who worked alongside each other at this monthly social group.

The charity’s tree is also designed to encourage more volunteers to come forward to support the charity’s work. Anna Woollven from HELP said:
“Every year we assist thousands of local people to remain living independently. This could be by providing transport, having a chat with someone facing loneliness or even helping out with gardening. None of this would be possible without our volunteers, or ‘helping hands’.”

The charity is urging anyone wishing to find out more about volunteering to contact them: 01423 813090 or